By CHERIL VERNON
Most of us have very fond memories of spending time with our grandparents growing up, and some of us may even be grandparents ourselves these days.
This Sunday, don’t forget to honor your grandparents on National Grandparents Day, by making a phone call, sending or making a card and if all possible — spending time with your grandparents. If your grandparents have passed away, share your memories of them with your own children or grandchildren.
Palestine resident Renee Whitley shared her thoughts about being a grandmother on the Herald-Press Facebook page.
“My grandchildren are the loves of my life. You think that you can not love any child more than your own. Then your children give you their children — that is when you understand what being a grandmother is,” Whitley wrote. “I love you Adam, Hailley, Tori, Callan and Brayden. You make me so proud that you are mine.”
Palestine Herald-Press sales representative Lezlie Hoover has two grandchildren, 10-month-old Harper and 4-year-old Kainen, who moved from Palestine with their parents Britni and John Summerville to Carrizo Springs in South Texas earlier this week.
“They sent me flowers today because they knew I was upset because I am going to miss them so much. They moved seven hours away,” Hoover said. “The card on the flowers said ‘We miss you and love you.’
“Grandchildren make you laugh and keep you young. They complete your life,” Hoover added.
Lisa Kay Riley Pelligra became a grandmother on Aug. 21 and again on Aug. 30 to a baby boy and a baby girl.
“I did not know you could love anything this much. I am overjoyed and blessed to the fullest,” Pelligra wrote on the Herald-Press Facebook page.
Michelle Munoz Mims also is a new grandmother.
“I am having the joy of being a grandmother for the first time this year. Both of my daughters had babies this June, a boy and a girl. The feeling is indescribable and will never be understood until it is experienced,” Mims wrote on the Herald-Press Facebook page. “Grandchildren are a gift from God and they certainly know how to steal your heart. I love both of mine more than anything in the world!”
Jamie Miller said she loves being a grandmother.
“My grandson is so precious to me. I thought that my life couldn't get any better and then God blessed me with Rob. I am truly blessed with the sweetest kids and grandson,” Miller wrote on the Herald-Press Facebook page.
Buffalo residents Claudia and Johnny Veretto have three grandchildren — Christopher Veretto, 20, Carol-Ann Veretto, 14, and Haysten Veretto, 12, who all live in Ardmore, Okla. They moved from Fairfield to Oklahoma with their parents in January.
“I’m having withdrawals (from seeing them). Carol-Ann did get to spend a week with me this summer,” said Claudia Veretto, who also is a sales representative at the Herald-Press. “Grandchildren are just a joy. They are all different. I am proud of them all. They are individuals and you get to see characteristics of both their mom and dad in them.”
Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor has four grandsons, Troy, 2, Grant, 3, Cole, 8 and Travis, 11. Troy lives in Eureka and the other three live in Carmel, Ind.
“Grandchildren are the blessings you receive for surviving the empty nest syndrome. In grandchildren you look for that tiny piece of yourself and rejoice when you see it in their smiles or hear it in their voice. They are the hope and perpetuation of your dreams and loves,” Connor said. “With your grandchildren you can relax a little and let them have ice cream when they want it and stay up past their bedtime when they are at your house. If your children are a day at work, your grandchildren are a Saturday in the park.”
Palestine grandmother Theresa Allen has special memories of her own grandmother and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren every chance she gets.
“There is no better feeling in this world then having the privilege of being a grandmother. My grandchildren are my whole life. To be a mother was just wonderful. But being a grandmother is absolutely the most amazing feeling. I am thankful and blessed to have my grandbabies,” Allen wrote on Facebook.
Reagan Thomas said her adopted grandmother of her two sons is referred to as “Gaga.”
“She has learned that she is never too old to learn something new, especially when dealing with my youngest who has autism,” Thomas wrote on the Herald-Press Facebook page.
For many of us, our grandparents are no longer here, but memories of them will stay with us forever.
Jennifer Kennedy is spending her first Grandparents Day without her grandpa.
“I still miss and think about him every day. My grandmother, his wife, is suffering from severe dementia so it is heartbreaking knowing that the time with my grandparents is coming to an end,” Kennedy wrote on the Herald-Press Facebook page. “(I’m) so glad to be part of a family that is so close. I love watching my son make memories with my mine and my husband’s parents because I know one day he will look back and cherish them just as much as I do!”
Jamie’s Therapeutic Touch Day Spa owner Jamie Pettiette Rhone lost her grandmother last month, the woman who raised her into the woman she is today.
“(My granny) Lillian Pettiette was the most unselfish, most giving person I ever knew. She loved with all her heart and gave even more. I miss her and love her with all my heart,” Rhone said.
Beth Chronister Burton also commented on the Herald-Press Facebook page about her grandparents.
“I loved all of my grandparents and miss them like crazy,” Burton said.
Read more posts and share your own about Grandparents Day on the Herald-Press Facebook page at www.facebook.com/palestineheraldpress.
National Grandparents Day History
National Grandparents Day came to fruition through the grassroots effort initiated by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade and her husband, Joseph in 1970. She worked with civic, business, church and political leaders to first launch the day in her home state in 1973. In 1979, she achieved her bigger goal when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day a holiday, setting it on the first Sunday after Labor Day. September was chosen to signify the “autumn” years of life.
Together, the McQuades had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.